Private William F. Green, Sr.
(1845 - 1929)
South Carolina 2nd Artillery Regiment
William enlisted in August, 1861, and went into service at Camp Butler, near Aiken. After the organization of Company G and assignment to the 2nd South Carolina Artillery Regiment, the command was transferred to Fort Johnson, on James Island, and he served in the defense of Charleston until the evacuation of that city in February, 1865. Company G served throughout the war in and around Charleston as a heavy artillery unit and as infantry. The company was the nucleus of Colonel T. G. Lamar's Battalion and subsequent regiment, the Second of Artillery. In the battle of Secessionville - the capture of the Isaac P. Smith, a Federal gunboat, and in other engagements and skirmishes on James Island - this command was an active participant. After the evacuation of Charleston, which city this command had held safe from the enemy for four long years by arduous labor on her defences and exhausting exposure, night after night, under an almost continual fire of the enemies guns, the command was attached to the army of General Johnston and served as infantry until the surrender.
There was no finer body nor better drilled company in the Army of the South. The company suffered heavy loss in the battles of Averysboro and Bentonville in North Carolina. This Veteran command surrendered with General Joe Johnston at Greensboro, North Carolina on April 26, 1865.
William was engaged in the following battles:
Secessionville (15 - 16 JUN 1862)
Charleston Harbor (AUG - SEP 1863)
Legareville SC (25 DEC 1863)
Carolinas Campaign SC (FEB - APR 1865)
William was from the old Ellington, Jackson area of Barnwell county. He was the son of James Green of Barnwell District, a Revolutionary War Soldier and Elisabeth Dicks of Beach Island. He married Emma Key. His brother, Robert Green, also served in the Confederacy, in Company K of Hampton's Legion. William's son, William F. Green, Jr. married Lessie McClain.
William F. Sr. is buried in the Green Pond Cemetery in Jackson, SC.
Compatriot Rick Bernardi is the great-great-great grandson of William F. Green, Sr.